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Lil' Inker Designs Mini Release Blog Hop

Hello, friends!  So glad you're here, hopping with us.  (Go here to see the full blog hop order.)  I am excited to show you this brand new stamp from Lil' Inker Designs, which is part of their May Mini Release.  Leave comments on any of the blogs in this hop to enter to win one of the new stamp sets, the new cover plate, or the angel pets goodies!  Details on the Lil' Inker Designs Blog.

This stamp is called Never Regret Being Kind. (Keep hopping, and you'll see more!)

One of the things I love most about this hobby is that it is inherently kind.  So what could be better than a stamp that encourages even more kindness?  Such a great sentiment!

This stamp is easy to use as the focal point of a easy, in fact, that I made 4 right out of the gate!  Each one uses a different technique--this stamp is so versatile.

For my first, I heat embossed the sentiment in white on steel grey cardstock.  I then colored over the embossing with my Copics for a multicolored effect…
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Fresh Cut Poppies

I love poppies.  Every time I see a poppy stamp set, I am drawn to it.  I've had my eye on this set from The Ton for a while, and I was lucky enough to borrow it from a friend.  It is really easy to line up the layers, and I love the realistic look.
The sentiment is from Right At Home, and I happen to really love the quote and its author

He really did.  I'm so glad.

Birthday Card for My Sister

I made this birthday card for my sister, and I love how it turned out.  This large stamp is from Concord & 9th, called Hello, Lovely.  I colored it with Altenew's new markers, then added touches of a gold Wink of Stella marker.  I didn't want the sentiment to compete with the image, so I embossed it in gold on vellum.  Beautiful stamp!

More Background Fun

Here's another background I played with on my crafty retreat--SSS Flora.  
The first is heat embossed, then painted with Zigs, with a PTI die and a sentiment strip.
For this one, I heat embossed, then I used one color of Distress Ink (Blueprint Sketch) for a gradient effect.  Avery Elle die.

So fun to play!

Flower Burst

I just discovered a cover plate I couldn't live without.  A friend of mine had this Flower Burst Trio die, and I had to use it.  It's so easy, but it packs a punch.  I layered it over some MFT Berrylicious and Steel Grey cardstocks, then finished it up with a sentiment strip (PTI) and some sequins.  I love easy cards!

Playing with backgrounds

Crafty retreats are the best!  I recently stayed with some really lovely women for a few days, and we crafted, ate, laughed and laughed some more.  One of the perks of crafting with friends is sharing their stuff.  I borrowed this Simon Says Stamp Elizabeth background stamp and had fun with different techniques.

First up is heat embossing in white on Bristol Smooth cardstock, then coloring with Zig Clean Color Markers.

 Here's a closeup:

 Next is the same layout, but with Distress Ink blending.

 Then we have heat embossing in white, then Copic coloring over the top.  I usually don't go this bold, but I thought I'd try it out.

Last is basic heat embossing in silver, with a sentiment strip.

Enjoy your day, everyone!

National Craft Month Celebration Blog Hop

Hello, friends!  I am honored to be a part of the National Craft Month Celebration Blog Hop with Right at Home Stamps.  Hopefully you've come from Linda's blog.

We are celebrating our hobby of papercrafting by bringing our community together and spending a day doing what we love.  Come hop with all of us, leave comments along the way, and you will be entered to win this awesome stamp set:

It's called "Make Something Beautiful", and it is being released today.  It's so fun to have a stamp set that is dedicated to our love of all things crafty--scrapbooking, painting, cardmaking, sewing, and any and all combinations of the above.  Here are two cards I've made with this set.  Those tools begged to be paper-pieced with some sparkly silver paper!

For this one I heat embossed the images in white on navy cardstock, as well as fussy cutting the tools out of the silver paper.  Then I used a Copic marker to shade the hearts and sentiment in red for a pop of color.